Quick Pickled Red Onions


  • Prep Time5 mins
  • Total Time35 mins
  • Makes1 1/2 cups
Quick Pickled Red Onions

(Production: Sun Ngo. Photography: Christie Vuong. Food styling: Eshun Mott. Prop styling: Christine Hanlo.)

Refreshing and versatile, pickled red onions are an easy way to bring instant brightness and texture to any dish. Keep a small batch in your fridge to add to tacos, burgers, bagels and salads.


  • 1/2 small red onion, cut in 1/8-in.-thick rounds, separated into rings

  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar

  • 1/4 tsp granulated sugar

  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Boil a kettle of water. Pour boiling water over onion rings in a large bowl until covered. Let stand for 2 min, then drain.

  • Boil vinegar with sugar and salt in a medium saucepan until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and add onion rings. Press onion into liquid. Let stand, stirring occasionally, for at least 30 min. Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 week.